DOBU: a language of Papua New Guinea

The following is the entry for this language as it appeared in the 14th edition (2000).
It was superseded by the corresponding entry in the 15th edition (2005). See also the corresponding entry in the 16th edition (2009).

SIL code: DOB

ISO 639-2: map

Population 10,000 (1998 SIL). Lingua franca for 100,000 (1987 SIL). 
Region Milne Bay Province, Esa'ala District, Sanaroa, Dobu, and parts of Fergusson and Normanby islands. 500 villages.
Classification Austronesian, Malayo-Polynesian, Central-Eastern, Eastern Malayo-Polynesian, Oceanic, Western Oceanic, Papuan Tip, Nuclear, North Papuan Mainland-D'Entrecasteaux, Dobu-Duau.
Comments 56% lexical similarity with Morima (closest). 60% monolingual. Speakers are somewhat bilingual in Motu, English, adjacent languages. Many schools. Trade language. Dictionary. SOV. Literacy rate in first language: 90%. Literacy rate in second language: 90%. Tropical forest. Large volcanic islands. Agriculturalists: yams. 0 to 1,000 feet. Bible 1928.

This web edition of the Ethnologue contains all the content of the print edition and may be cited as:
Grimes, Barbara F. (ed.), 2000. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fourteenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online version:

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